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The Extraordinary Grassroots Revolution of Low-cost Private Schools | James N. Tooley
Posted: Wed. March 23, 2016

Recorded at TEDxNewCastle. July 22, 2015.

Without numbers, a great many myths about education and educational provision would go unchallenged. Before Independent Institute Research Fellow James N. Tooley started his work (with colleagues) on low-cost private schools, the accepted wisdom was that only government education could provide for the poor in developing countries. In this TEDx talk Professor Tooley explores these myths and shares his findings. Professor Tooley has published widely on the role of government in education. His particular focus is on the phenomenon of low-cost private schools in developing countries. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at TED.

Recorded: Wed. July 22, 2015
Experts: James N. Tooley
Type: Other Event

Ludwig von Mises's contributions to Economics and Liberty
Posted: Tue. March 22, 2016

Robert P. Murphy at the International Students for Liberty Conference 2016 Robert P. Murphy is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Research Assistant Professor at the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, President of Consulting by RPM, Senior Economist at the Institute for Energy Research, and Associated Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
He is the author of the book "Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action". To buy the book follow link.

Recorded: Sat. February 27, 2016
Experts: Robert P. Murphy
Type: Other Event
Issues: Free Market Economics

"Assault Weapons" or Assault on the Second Amendment
Posted: Tue. March 22, 2016

Stephen P. Halbrook at the International Students for Liberty Conference 2016 Stephen P. Halbrook is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. He has taught legal and political philosophy at George Mason University, Howard University, and Tuskegee Institute, and he received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and Ph.D. in social philosophy from Florida State University. He is the author of the book "Gun Control in the Third Reich". To buy the book follow this link.

Recorded: Sat. February 27, 2016
Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook
Type: Other Event
Issues: Constitutional Law, Gun Control

Research Fellow Abigail R. Hall Blanco on New Minimum Wage Hikes
Posted: Tue. March 22, 2016

Walmart has recently closed stores worldwide and part of the reason some stores closed is because of recent raises in minimum wages, above the federal minimum requirements. Abigail R. Hall Blanco speaks about businesses and the profit margins they have and the effects of higher wage costs imposed on them. KGO Radio, March 22, 2016

Recorded: Tue. March 22, 2016
Experts: Abigail R. Hall
Type: Radio

Research Fellow Craig Eyermann on the Solvency of the US Social Security System
Posted: Tue. March 22, 2016

Presidential candidates have said there must be major changes to the Social Security program, which is on a path to bankruptcy. Research Fellow Craig Eyermann talks about the complex system and the factors that determine how sustainable the system is.
KGO Radio, March 21, 2016

Recorded: Mon. March 21, 2016
Experts: Craig Eyermann
Type: Radio
Issues: Government Power, Labor and Employment, Taxes

Michelle Obama’s School Lunches Get an “F” — Research Fellow Abigail R. Hall Blanco on KTRS Radio
Posted: Fri. March 11, 2016

Research Fellow Abigail R. Hall Blanco is interviewed on the Larry Conners USA radio program about the effects of the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act,” which was enacted in 2012 and championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Despite its noble goals and good intentions, the lunch program is creating a black market for food that students actually will eat. Studies also show the perverse effects of the program: cutting staff at lunchrooms in schools, layoffs, and deferred hiring. The new rules are prompting kids to throw away more food, among other unintended consequences of the federally mandated school lunch program. March 9, 2016

Recorded: Wed. March 9, 2016
Experts: Abigail R. Hall
Type: Radio

Senior Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr. on the Death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
Posted: Fri. February 19, 2016

Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr. appeared on Larry Conners USA on KTRS radio, to talk about US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and his impact on the Supreme Court and the US Constitution. A strict constitutionalist, Scalia rejected the idea that the Constitution is a “living, breathing” document. Watkins offers his unique perspective on Antonin Scalia and his legacy for America. Watkins also talks about the future of the court and how and when a replacement for Scalia might be chosen. He says “Our Constitution is more in jeopardy than it has been for a long time.”

Recorded: Wed. February 17, 2016
Experts: William J. Watkins Jr.
Type: Radio
Issues: Constitutional Law

Free Market Alternatives to Obamacare | John Graham at WCS 2015
Posted: Thu. February 18, 2016

Independent Institute Senior Fellow John R. Graham and Washington Examiner managing editor Philip Klein discuss free market healthcare reforms and federal involvement in healthcare in the wake of the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell decision at the 2015 Western Conservative Summit.

Recorded: Sun. June 28, 2015
Experts: John R. Graham
Type: Other Event